Slower day today, fewer notes!
- Most of my morning spent on mentoring and some networking
- Lunch today was Birds of a Feather, as always I really really like that, it drives a lot of great conversations
- I sat at the Election/Governance table. Only one person joined while I was there,…
PASS Board Q&A just starting. Session is being recorded – transcript will be published, no decision on whether recording will be published. About 35 people in the audience (I think most ever?). Adam Jorgensen moderating.
[This is a very rough transcript, I know I didn’t catch everything and it’s not… Read more
The PASS Board of Directors will be available for questions from the members from 12:30 to 1:45 in Ballroom C. It’s a good chance to ask a question or just hear what the various Board members think about the direction of PASS. I’ll be there with a couple questions, I… Read more
More quick notes, it was a busy day:
- I saw down with PASS Board Rick Bolesta after the keynote to discuss his fifteen years of service. I’ll be publishing that interview sometime next week.
- Lunch today was ok, not as good as yesterday.
- I had a chance to interview the…
Incoming President Thomas LaRock up. 3000 viewers of PASS TV yesterday. Adam Jorgensen the the new VP of Finance and Denise McInerny is the new VP of Marketing.
Talking about expanding into the BA Conference. Changed the mission statement to say data professionals. Next BA Conference is in San Jose… Read more
Waiting on the second day keynote to begin.
Douglas McDowell going over funding sources for PASS – primarily the Summit, but $100k from the BA Conference. Not clear if the slide/pie chart is correct, the BA funding seems larger than I’d have expected. Discussing the transformation of the budget process,… Read more
Today flew by. I posted earlier about my visit with Dr. DeWitt and it’s late, so bullets for the rest of the news for today.
- Bagels at Einsteins are good. Not that I didn’t expect them to be, just confirming!
- I watched part of Windows Azure Deep Dive by Mark…
I was lucky/thrilled to get to spend a few minutes chatting with Dr. DeWitt this afternoon (and thanks to PASS for the opportunity!). I’m struggling to decide what and how to write, feeling a bit awestruck.
I walked away thinking that in person he’s just a quieter version of the… Read more
PowerBi contest – www.facebook.com/microsoftbi. Aligns with the BA conference next year.
I’m amused thinking about PowerBi being Powered By Microsoft.
I still need coffee. This confirms for me that I need an assistant at the Summit. Carry my bag, remind me to drink water every 30 minutes, take notes… Read more
Still at the opening day keynote, waiting for next demo to start.
I think the PASS water bottles are the most useful thing we’ve got as attendees in a while – using mine now.
Glenn Berry commented on Twitter that they don’t have clients on stage this year, just referenced.… Read more
Waiting on Microsoft keynote to begin. Hoping for excitement!
SQL 2012 has had fastest adoption rate. No arguing it’s good, wonder why adopted faster than earlier upgrades? Things to ask.
Only talking about things today that are available or ‘soon will be’. I get the point, but ‘soon’ is a… Read more
I’m starting the official ‘day one’ at the bloggers table with Tim Mitchell and Colin Stasiuk. We’re at a side table from the rest of the bloggers – possibly a promotion, more likely just the random layout, but I have power, a table, and an aisle seat, so no complaints!… Read more
I took a quick break at 5:30 to drop off my bag at the hotel and head back to attend the Opening Night party. This was maybe the best I’ve seen, mostly because there was room to go outside and still be ‘in’ the party. Weather in Charlotte very very… Read more
- SQLSaturday events can email attendees with…
Started today with breakfast with the family after packing up all their clothes and stuffed animals for the trip home. Got them on their way about 9:30 and enjoyed a cool morning walk over to the Convention Center for the 10:15 SQLSaturday Roundtable meeting.
The Charlotte Convention Center is nice.… Read more
Weather a bit cloudy today, a little rain and a little cool – not Seattle, but not Orlando either! Breakfast at the Hampton reminded me that I should break out the waffle maker at home more often – pancakes always seems easier. Left the hotel mid morning with my kids… Read more
Yesterday we drove up from Charleston where I had attended SQLSaturday #227. It’s not a bad drive, about three hours. The trees are different than Florida (more real trees and not palmetto) and we definitely noticed the hills, so much that we loaded an app on the phone just to… Read more
Tonight for the fourth year Steve Jones and I are hosting an informal networking dinner. We’ll be at Buffalo Wild Wings this year near the Convention Center from 6 to 9 pm (I drove by yesterday, location looks really good). An added bonus this year is that beginning at…
My first time in Charleston! Quick notes:
- Made the drive with the family in 7 hours, not bad, and easily the least stressful long driving trip we’ve done – kids getting older does help!
- Nice low key dinner Friday night at the Noisy Oyster
- Wingate hotel right next to Charleston…
Last Tuesday I received the email confirming that I will be an MVP for another year. Nice news to get. As I wrote last year there is no precise formula for becoming an MVP – it involves some mix of knowledge and influence. If you aspire to be an MVP… Read more